|Dan Meyer, Senior Editor, RCR Wireless News
Dan Meyer is currently an editor at RCR Wireless News where he oversees the editorial direction of the magazine, reports on news from the wireless industry and provides opinion stories on topics of concern to the market. Meyer started at RCR Wireless News in 1999 as an editorial assistant and was promoted to reporter in 2000 covering wireless carriers and wireless technologies. Meyer was promoted to managing editor in 2005 and served in that position until the magazine was closed in 2009. Meyer was brought back to RCR Wireless News in mid-2009 by its new owners Austin, Texas-based Arden Media Co. Prior to joining RCR Wireless News, Meyer worked for Center Ice Magazine covering the Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League team and was an intern in the sports department at the Boulder Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.
|Dominic R. DeMark, Jr., Vice President, Public Safety Strategy, Verizon Wireless
Dominic DeMark is the Vice President of Public Safety Markets for Verizon Wireless. In this capacity, DeMark is responsible for the company’s overall strategy, solution development, sales, and creating focus for the Public Safety customers on a national basis, a position that he has held since January of 2010.
Prior to his current position, Dominic was the national Director of B2B Sales Operations for Verizon Wireless from 2005 to 2010, where he had the overall responsibility for delivering sales strategies across business-to-business segments and vertical markets, and for the development of key business relationships. Previous to his appointment at Verizon Headquarters, he was the Director of Business Sales for Verizon Wireless in the Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky Region.
In his 20-year career in the wireless space, DeMark has held a variety of positions for Verizon Wireless, AirTouch Cellular, and Cellular One, in the company’s direct and indirect sales, strategy, operations, and headquarters staff organizations.
Dominic earned a BS in Marketing and Computer Science from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
|Rishi Bhaskar, Vice President LTE and Private Broadband, Motorola
Once quoted by a major city CIO as “the innovative engine behind our Public Safety communications plan”, Rishi Bhaskar has successfully leveraged his years of commercial and public safety telecommunications’ technology development, operations, sales and executive corporate management background to bring innovative ideas into traditional and emerging markets. Rishi Bhaskar currently leads Motorola Solutions Public Safety Broadband strategy and go-to market sales program.
Prior to his current assignment, Rishi served as an Assistant Vice President at Alcatel-Lucent. His expeditious rise to his current position has been the direct result of his high energy, fiscally conscious, creative sales persona, and his ability to approach each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive revenue, consistent growth and market penetration.
Rishi began his career on a technical path, serving as a software developer for a boutique consulting practice in the 1990’s. He quickly grew from leading the development team to transitioning over to the sales force. Within the sales discipline, Rishi moved from the go-to sales engineer to the sales engineering manager to an account executive.
Rishi’s spent considerable time launching new products and designing go-to market strategies in Europe. His multi-disciplinary experiences, ability to adjust to any business climate and apply his business acumen and technical skills have led him to his current position.
|Geoff Stearn, Vice President of Spectrum Development, LightSquared
Geoff Stearn is LightSquared’s Vice President of Spectrum Development and is a 24-year veteran of the commercial wireless industry.
He began his career with McCaw Cellular Communications, which became the largest independent wireless company in the United States before being acquired by AT&T in 1994. At McCaw, he held various positions in the regulatory, site development and operations areas. In 1996 he joined Nextel Communications, where he was responsible for the company’s spectrum acquisition and development initiatives.
Geoff began his work with LightSquared in 2009 and is now responsible for managing the company’s spectrum portfolio. He has also been the company’s lead representative on the working group that was established at the direction of the FCC to study the issues that have arisen regarding LightSquared’s operation adjacent to the GPS band.
|Gerard Power,Vice President Strategic Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent USA
Jerry is Vice President of Americas Strategic Marketing for Alcatel-Lucent. His efforts in mobile and fixed network market research have helped shaped Alcatel-Lucent’s evolution from a technology-based development company to a market-driven enterprise that works with customers to solve current and emerging problems. An Alcatel-Lucent employee for almost 25 years, he has been active in the areas of mobility, optics, IP/data networking, access systems, and network management.
Jerry received his MsSc in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and has been active in product development, product management, strategic planning, and telecommunications marketing ever since. Jerry has published numerous articles describing impact of technology on network architecture, operational procedures, business practices, impact to end-users, and more. He is a frequent speaker at communications conferences and has served on various industry standardization committees working to improve the telecommunication industry.
|Peter L. DeNagy, Principal Consultant, Enterprise Mobility Strategies
Peter L. DeNagy is currently a mobility consultant focused on mHealth, mEducation & mBusiness as well as mobile payment/commerce and M2M strategies. His foremost goals are helping health care organizations and businesses develop strategic plans around mobility utilization, ROI and TCO calculations and deployment strategies with services including, analysis, design, provisioning, cost reallocation, mobility platform construction and operation plans to introduce mobility platforms that forward the organization’s business mission. Additionally, acting as a strategic business coach for startup companies, Peter works with Carriers, ISV’s, TEMS providers, Consulting Organizations and System integrators regarding go to market strategies, market position, market dynamics, alliance integration and market penetration solutions. Recently, he collaborated on the book, “Managing the Mobile Workforce”, by David Clemons and Michael Kroth, Ph.D. (11/2010, McGraw Hill). Peter contributed as one of 30+ collaborators on the newly published book.
Formerly Peter was the US General Manager for Enterprise Mobility Enablement for Samsung Telecommunications America, (STA). There he developed Samsung’s US Go To Market enterprise strategy, built and ran Samsung’s enterprise overlay support organization enabling US Wireless Carriers to better position Samsung mobile devices and wireless business applications to carrier’s healthcare & business customers. He also managed STA’s enterprise pre and post sales engineering organization, enterprise product planning and strategic alliances relationship team and STA’s enterprise ISV and SI integration efforts. Peter was Samsung’s representative to Microsoft’s global Mobility Partner Engagement Board, (MPEB), for 2009 through 2011.
Previously at Accenture, he was responsible for North and South American Business Development & Alliances in the Mobile Application Solutions Practice within Systems Integration &Technology, (SI&T).
Overall, Peter has more than 29 years of telecommunications experience. Prior to Samsung and Accenture, he held executive positions and lead efforts at major communications and consulting firms such as Harris, GTE, Sprint, Global Crossing, EDS and BearingPoint. Based in Dallas, TX and Philadelphia, PA, Peter holds an AB in Politics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.
|Liviu Gaftea, Senior Director Wireless International Marketing, ZTE
Liviu Gaftea has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications/wireless industry. He has worked for infrastructure companies such as ZTE, NORTEL, QUALCOMM, NOKIA, Motorola, Andrew Corporation in various capacities including business development and international marketing; R&D management; program and project management; system engineering; and network planning and deployment. Additionally, he has managed large wireless deployments in North America, South America, Africa and India.
|Robert Forget, AVP of Product Management, Vecima Networks
Robert Forget started in the business development group at Vecima Networks Inc. in 2004 and is currently the AVP of Product Management for the organization. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics degree in 2002 from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MBA from Lansbridge University in 2006. Robert ran his own consultancy firm from 2000-2004 specializing in electronics design and systems implementation. Mr. Forget has been active on the boards of many organizations from such diverse areas as housing developments, politics, and the church. Most recently Robert served as the Chair of the Wireless Innovation Network of BC and as a founding board member of DigiBC.
|Rob Todd, Managing Partner, Molitoris Group
Rob Todd comes from a long-time military family with Texas roots dating back over 150 years and American roots dating back nearly 400 years to 1626. He has over 15 years experience in telecommunication. He is a former council-member for the City of Houston, the current Chairman of the Houston Tower Commission, and the Managing Partner for the Molitoris Group. As Councilmember he chaired the Regulatory Affairs Committee and co-authored the city’s cell tower ordinance. As Chairman of the Tower Commission he has jurisdiction over 572 square miles in Southeast Texas for the approval or denial of cell towers. As Managing Partner, he develops large-venue DAS systems throughout the country for professional sports stadiums, major hospitals, convention centers and others. In his spare time he tries to get some sleep and caters to his wife, his two kids in college, and to his daughter who turned one in September.
|Stephen King, Electrical Engineer, 3M Company
Stephen C. King is an Electrical Engineer (BSEE UT Austin 1981) and Licensed Professional Engineer (State of Texas #60701) with 29 years of Research and Development experience in Telecommunications at 3M Company. He is also a longstanding member of the IEEE Communications Society and various Industry advisory groups including the IWPC. He is currently the acting chair of the IWPC Tower Top Electronics Reliability Working Group – Installation Best Practices committee. Mr. King is responsible for numerous products successfully commercialized by 3M and has been recognized with 3M Corporate awards such as the Technical Circle of Excellence and the Golden Step Award. He is currently serving as an Applications Engineer in the 3M Communication Markets Division Wireless Business.
|Barry Matsumori, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Ethertronics
Barry Matsumori, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Ethertronics brings over 25 years of experience in technology and telecom to the company. He is responsible for overseeing the development of long term strategies as well as the development of new product lines. He will also support customers for existing Ethertronics products. Prior to Ethertronics, Matsumori was vice president of wireless connectivity for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies and was responsible for managing product management, business development, and marketing for all module products including Gobi™ and InGeo™. He was also responsible for the development of the M2M strategy and products for Qualcomm. Matsumori has worked with terrestrial and satellite communications at Qualcomm, Loral Space Systems, & General Dynamics. He has also had prior experience growing early stage companies in executive management roles in engineering, business development, and operations. Matsumori holds a BS in business from Arizona State University and an MS in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Arizona.
|Marlene Waltz, Director Solution Sales Team, Sprint-Nextel
Marlene currently leads the Solution Sales team for Sprint. She has had multiples sales and marketing assignments during her 17-year stint at Sprint working with both small and large customers, the business market and the consumer market, domestic and international, wireless and wireline. Prior to Sprint, she was a long-time employee at IBM and at Hallmark Cards. She is known for her ability to think strategically, execute breakthrough ideas and lead large groups of diverse talent to the desired result, no matter how bold. In her many roles she has developed strengths in shaping leaders, solving complex business issues that have national or international reach, and tackling the toughest tasks that have the most business impact. Marlene enjoys running, reading and hiking in the mountains. She is active in several charities and boards, and, in addition to her home in Kansas City, also has a home in Vail, Co.
|Steve Reese, Sr. Director Information Technology, Houston Astros
Information Technology leader with expertise in the Sports, Consumer Products, Oil & Gas, Agriculture and Management Consulting industries. Experience with a broad range of technologies including Applications, Infrastructure and Operations. Spearheaded the implementation of Wi-Fi (160 AP’s) throughout Minute Maid Park. Was shortly followed with the implementation of a vendor neutral Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to significantly boost our 3G/4G capabilities.
|Hector Maytorena: Vice President & General Manager, Western Hemisphere, RigNet
Mr. Maytorena manages the Company’s offshore and onshore business segments in North and South America. Previously he served as vice president, global sales & marketing. Prior to joining RigNet, he served as general manager of Southeast Texas for United Technologies’ UTC Fire & Security (operating under the Chubb Security and Redhawk brands). Prior to that role, he was director of sales at Chubb Security USA. Maytorena has a long history within the remote communications industry, holding various sales, marketing, and business development leadership roles with increasing responsibility at Stratos Global Corporation’s Broadband Division. He attended United Technologies’ Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and has completed an executive education course in Emerging Growth Companies at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
|Sandra Germenis, Sr. Telecom Services Manager, University of Texas at Austin
Sandra Germenis is the Senior Telecommunications Manager with the Networking and Telecommunications division of the central IT Services department with The University of Texas at Austin. She joined the University in 2004 with a back ground in project management, marketing and finance. Sandra’s primary responsibilities are managing the campus building security systems installations and repairs, A/V for special events, CATV, telecommunications installations and repairs, cable management, and the campus Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) – primarily carrier relationship and contract management. Sandra managed the project that deployed the 3 carrier oDAS in 2008 and 2009. Currently she is the primary campus project lead for the deployment of an iDAS in several university buildings including the Texas Longhorns stadium complex, baseball and basketball venues and a Natural Sciences building on campus. As a member of the UT Campus Safety and Security Committee Sandra is also responsible for maintaining the university’s state of readiness by ensuring functionality of emergency communications systems such as the campus siren system, CATV emergency alert systems, and the DAS’s for emergency text messaging. Sandra has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a presenter at the DAS Forum and is the Texas delegate to ACUTA (Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education).
|Joe Baeumel, VP, Professional Services, Nexius
Joe Baeumel is the Vice President of Delivery and Sales Engineering where he oversees Nexius’ Service Divisions: Technology Strategy, Network Deployment, and Software Solutions. Joe is charged with leading the development of complex solutions and service offerings for Service Providers and OEMs. Previously at Nexius, Joe created the solutions architecture, implementation program management, and Tier 1 customer support organizations for the Nexius Product Division, which is now a part of comScore.
Prior to Nexius, Joe lead the Sales Engineering organization for the TEMS and PA Advise organizations for the Americas at Ericsson inclusive of services, network planning and testing software and data measurement equipments. He has also led the sales engineering organization for the wireless division of Marconi, where he oversaw technical sales campaigns in North and South America, and was instrumental in re-launching the APAC region for the division. Joe has senior leadership experience in both public and private organizations, with more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. He holds BSEE and MEM degrees from Old Dominion University, Virginia.
|Chris McCoy, Chief Financial Officer, InnerWireless, Inc.
Chris McCoy has spent 16 years in the high tech market, including the last 11 years as a member of the senior management team of InnerWireless. As Chief Financial Officer at InnerWireless, Mr. McCoy is responsible for the development and execution of business and financial plans for InnerWireless.
Prior to joining InnerWireless in August 2000, Mr. McCoy was Director of Account Management for SpectraPoint Wireless where he co-developed business models and go to market strategies for Local Multipoint Distribution Services (LMDS) customers around the world. Previously, Mr. McCoy served as a Senior Analyst for Texas Instruments, where he was instrumental in the development of the smart antenna, voice activated dialing and LMDS product lines. Mr. McCoy also served in the United States Navy as a Bombardier Navigator. Mr. McCoy holds a BS degree in computer science from the University of California and MBA from the University of West Florida.